Richard Meier Honored at 2012 Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards

On April 19th, architect Richard Meier, known for buildings such as The Athaneum, the Douglas House and thd Getty Center was honored with the 2012 Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation at Ellis Island in New Jersey.  Meier was one of two recipients, the other former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, whose grandparents emigrated through Ellis Island.  Angela Lansbury was honored as well, having immigrated to America herself at the age of  fourteen.

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Agro-Housing / Knafo Klimor Architects

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Proposed by Knafo Klimor ArchitectsAgro-Housing was the winning project in Living Steel – Competition for Sustainable Housing (2007) for .  Part housing, part greenhouse, the proposal provides agricultural freedom to city dwellers.  A combination of rural and urban amenities, the proposal is an exciting take on individual urban farming.

For a closer look at this innovative way of thinking about a sustainable urbanity, join us after the break.

Ravenswood School for Girls / BVN

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Architects: BVN
Location: Sydney,
Photographs: Courtesy of BVN 

 

Girardota’s Metropolitan Coliseum Competition Winner

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The Girardota’s Metropolitan Coliseum Competition winners were announced. First Prize goes to the team of Juan Sebastián Larrota, Felipe Robayo, Sebastián Gaviria, AlcuboArquitectos (Alejandro Martínez, Marcela Marulanda) and G-Arquitectura (Juan David García, Natalia Mejía). More images and architect’s description after the break.

New office building for Nordea Bank / Henning Larsen Architects

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Henning Larsen Architects and a team consisting of Signal Architects and SLA Landscape Architects have won the competition for Nordea Bank’s new office building of 40,000 m2 in Ørestad North, , next to the premises of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation and the Concert Hall – Koncerthuset. The building will comprise Scandinavia’s largest trading floor of 5,500 m2 with a view of the green area of Amager Fælled. More images and complete press release after the break.

2012 Washington UNBUILT Awards Winners

2012 Washington UNBUILT Awards Winners

The Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) recently announced the 2012 winners of the 4th Annual Washington UNBUILT Awards competition.
This year’s judging yielded eight winning submissions from local design professionals and students with the grand prize…

Wilmington Waterfront Park / Sasaki Associates

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Architects: Sasaki Associates
Location: Los Angeles, ,
Principal-in-Charge: Steve Hamwey
Participating Principals: Nancy Fleming, Owen Lang, Tim Stevens
Lead Project Designers: Melissa McCann, Landscape Architect; Tim Stevens, Architect
Landscape: Caleb Bruner, Mark Eischeid, Raphael Justewicz, Joon Yon Kim, Chang Keun Lee, Shannon Lee, Conard Lindgren, Meghen Quinn, Simon Raine, Nitza Thien
Architecture Team: Grace Leung, Tomer Maymon, Scott Odom, Vitas Viskanta, Angel Cantu
Civil: Zach Chrisco, Chuck Coronis, Michelle Gauvin, Oswaldo Palencia, Jose Miranda
Client: Port of Los Angeles
Completion: 2011
Size: 30 acres
Photographs: Craig Kuhner

  

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‘Dance Floor’ Recreation and Memorial Park / SAGRA Architects

Situated in the Karancs-Medves landscape area in North-East Hungary, the aim of SAGRA Architects… for their design of the ‘Dance Floor’ Recreation and Memorial Park is to preserve and strengthen this special character of the place. The park would function

Mountain Range House / Irving Smith Jack Architects

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Architects: Irving Smith Jack Architects
Location: Brightwater, ,
Completed: 2009
Area: 392 sqm
Photographs: Patrick Reynolds

Amalia House / Marià Castelló Martínez

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Architects: Marià Castelló Martínez
Location: Caló des Mort, Formentera,
Collaborators: Sonia Iben Jellal, Marí‐Balaguer Arquitectos, Marga Ferrer
Builder: Los Kibicos S.L. and Jorge Thuiran
Area: 143 sqm
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Estudi Epdse

Manhattan Mountain: Re-Imagining SPURA on the Lower East Side / Ju-Hyun Kim

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Manhattan Mountain, by Ju-Hyun Kim, is a design speculation over five of the most debated plots of vacant land in City.  Collectively known as , the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, the five parking lots on the Lower East Side, just South of Delancey Street near the Williamsburg Bridge, were once the site of tenement housing until they were acquired by the Urban Renewal Plan in 1965 and demolished.  Since then, the other lots that suffered a simular fate and have been developed into various iterations of low-income and mixed-use housing developments.  But, for nearly 50 years these five sites have remained vacant as a continued debate rattles the community boards.  As the debate rages on between low-income housing developments, mixed low-income and commercial housing, and strictly commercial housing, these five lots serve as parking.  This is the largest undeveloped city-owned development south of 96th street.

Ju-Hyun Kim’s speculative proposal serves as an alternative to the current state of the land.  Read on after the break.

MOTAT Aviation Display Hall / Studio Pacific Architecture

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Architects: Studio Pacific Architecture
Location: , New Zealand
Project Team: Evzen Novak, Marcellus Lilley, Grant Perry, Anna Windsor, Brendan Himona, Mark Hadfield
Client: Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)
Size: 3,300 sqm
Cost: $11.4m
Completion: June 2011
Photographs: Patrick Reynolds, Jeff Brass

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part LXVIII

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We’re getting closer to the 80,000 photos on our Flickr Pool, so keep submitting them! Remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by Klaas5 in Zwolle, The Netherlands. Check the other four after the break.

Gustave Flaubert Bridge / SCAU

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Architects: SCAU
Location: Rouen,
Client: Direction Départementale de l’Equipement
Cost: 52 M°€ before tax
Photographs: SCAU, ADF photo

Zaha Hadid’s Maxxi Museum faces Closure

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Just two years after its opening, the Maxxi Museum in Rome is threatened with closure. The country’s current economic crisis has resulted in major cuts in cultural funding, causing a great deal of stress on the arts. As BD reports, earlier this month the museum was told that the government’s contribution to its €11 million budget would fall to less than €2 million for 2012. Now, as the museum officials failed to set a budget for 2013, the government has reportedly begun proceedings to put the high-profile museum under special administration.

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the 2010 Stirling Prize winning national art and architecture museum has attracted more than 450,000 visitors per year. Hadid has described the museum’s success as “remarkable”, as it quickly built a prestigious, international reputation within the world of contemporary art.

House Overlooking The Sea / Edward Suzuki Associates

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Architects: Edward Suzuki Associates - Edward Suzuki, Toshiharu Nanba
Location: , Japan
Completion: 2011
Total Floor Area: 540.02 sqm
Site Area: 2,620.84 sqm
Photographer: Yasuhiro Nukamura

   

OMA wins first round of the Moscow City Agglomeration Development Concept Competition

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In 2011, the Russian Federation Council confirmed that the city of will annex 150,000 hectares to the southwest in order to overcome its chronic space problems, making 2.4 times larger than its current size. The expansion is designed to relieve pressure on the over-populated, historic city center by redistributing the working places to the annexed part of the Oblast, thus addressing transport, ecological and social issues that result from high levels of commuting.

Before Moscow’s new administrative borders come into force this July, the Council invited 10 teams to develop the concept of the Moscow Agglomeration. OMA has been announced as winner of the competition’s first round that focused on a plan for the Moscow Agglomeration as a whole.

Continue reading for more on OMA’s Moscow City Agglomeration Development Concept.

Update: Villiot-Rapée Apartments / Hamonic + Masson

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Architects: Harmonic + Masson
Location: ,
Client: Paris Habitat OPH
Project Manager: Marie-Agnès de Bailliencourt
Green Building Adviser: Franck Boutté
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 5,120 sqm (GFA)
Photographs: Sergio Grazia